Monday, April 28, 2008

The Inarticulate Spaniard

My Champagne Birthday

Not only will I be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my 33rd (a fantastic vintage it was) birthday, but WE will also be toasting our 20th wedding anniversary this year. Mucha cava por favor!

I recently shared the story of how Jesee and I met with a friend over greasy, well-done veal cutlets and less than lively ravioli at Nick's Spaghetti House on the north end of The Drive. Each time this story is told, it still remains to be one of the best boy meets girl stories ever! I know it's a bit long, so I'll try my best to keep it short.

On June 3, 1987, my sister and I were returning home from a week-long shopping expedition in Los Angeles, which of course included a jaunt down Rodeo Drive (btw, LOVED Pretty Woman) and Melrose Avenue :)

While driving northbound on Cambie Street from the airport, I noticed a motorcycle defiantly weaving in and out of traffic. *sigh* Watching this long-haired rebel reminded me of how much I was missing the Parisian "air" I followed him.

As we approached the intersection at 27th Avenue, an older model, gold-coloured station wagon recklessly crossed Cambie Street - where I witnessed the motorcycle crash into the front end of the car and the rider fly off the bike and roll over the hood down onto the street.

I slammed on the brakes and jumped out of my car to help my Jimmy Dean. Together we removed his helmet and this is where he saw his "angel" come to his rescue. I'm sure the fact that I was wearing an itty bitty mini skirt with my fabulous new white damask western boots (trimmed with embossed silver lamé, don't you know it!) had NOTHING to do with the "view" of said angel from his recumbent position on the ground.

One month later, after numerous phone messages from my new suitor (he had my calling card), we had our first date on Canada Day. After our sushi dinner somewhere on trendy Robson Street, we headed back to his West End bachelor suite where I met his five undiscriminating, Malibu-blonde roommates, who were getting ready to paint the town red.

I noticed that there was only ONE bed in the middle of the room and could only react with a polite smile, as I quietly questioned the sleeping arrangements under my breath. Trying not to appear unsettled, I surrendered to a cocktail and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts - drowning out the sounds of fireworks exploding in English Bay. Soon after the girls finished teasing and lacquering their mile-high locks (it was the 80's), we all left for the club.

Our evening ended relatively early (I had to work the next day) with a goodnight kiss when he walked me to my car after a night of dancing. BLECH! I could not wait to race home and disinfect my mouth knowing that I was also kissing Barbie #1, 2 and 3!

A few days later, a most persistent Jesee called me for a second date. I really wasn't interested in becoming a new member of his harem and agreed to meet him, so that I could tell him so. Unable to resist his charm, I still hadn't confessed my reason for meeting him. As we walked out of the restaurant, I tried to tell him, but instead he asked me (in a thick Frenish accent) to marry him by saying, "If I were to... *awkward silence* ...would you?" and THAT is how I became Jesee's girl.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cherry Kisses

This Saturday we're going to wake up and smell the blossoms at the 1st Annual Bike the Blossoms event.

Lallygagging together with a group of friends and visitors, we'll be doing two of our most favourite things...cycling and eating! Encouraged to both cycle and eat slooowly as part of the Slow Food Movement, we'll be exploring and refuelling throughout various Vancouver neighbourhoods. There will be no energy bars or power gels on the menu, just pure yummy goodness.

In the true spirit of celebrating cherry blossoms, I'd love to stop off at the 900 West Lounge to indulge in a Chocolate Martini kissed with a splash of Cherry Brandy, but I don't believe our bike gear is considered "smart casual" attire. *grin*

*Note: Since my first chocolate martini and the many others since...Karli and I have touted this as one of the best we've ever had the pleasure of sipping!

Chocolate Martini

2 shots Vodka
1 shot Creme de Cacao (clear, not dark)
splash of Cherry Brandy

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Get Naked at EPIC

This weekend at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is EPIC - The Sustainable Living Expo.

I'll be down there on Friday night getting Naked with my friend Laurel at her booth (#616) in the Health & Beauty section. Come down and visit us for scrumptious 100% natural bath and beauty products handcrafted on Bowen Island, BC.

You may recall a post that I wrote last summer about how a stink bomb was dropped on Naked by the big Lush corporation, who used the word "naked" in their tag-line for their Canadian ad campaign.

Unfortunately, Lush showed little concern that "naked" is a registered TM belonging to Naked Soapworks, so the legal battles began. Read all the gory details at The Naked Truth.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tip #53

As shown in the Châtelaine 80th Anniversary Collector's Edition (May 2008) under Style Tips.

I've been trying to tell some of you gals this for years - that you needn't a fancy dress or someplace special to wear a gorgeous pair of Swarovski chandeliers. It's all about how it makes YOU feel, so celebrate the goddess within!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wedding Bazaar

If you are a bride-to-be and looking for some wonderful deals on wedding dresses, accessories, products and services - make sure to visit the Wedding Bazaar this weekend.

Place your bridal party jewelry order at the show and receive a free gift ($35.00 value).

Sunday, April 13, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Scandinavian Centre
6540 Thomas Street
Burnaby, BC V5B 4P9


Thursday, April 03, 2008

Under the Sea

After much awaited anticipation, we recently acquired our Octopus Pot that we commissioned from Bowen artist, Jeanette Wrenshall.

Jeanette is incredibly talented and does beautiful work, but this has exceeded our expectation in spades! The rich combination of terra cotta and sangria red topped with an animated espresso octopus are absolutely gorgeous and captures the Spanish mood perfectly. This is sure to be one of our most treasured pieces of functional art.

We are looking so forward to christening this pot with Jesee’s Pulpo Cocido (Octopus Stew) along with some crusty bread and a bottle of Vinho Verde.